The Jews of Islam: Updated Edition
Princeton University Press, 28 בספט׳ 2014 - 272 עמודים
This landmark book probes Muslims' attitudes toward Jews and Judaism as a special case of their view of other religious minorities in predominantly Muslim societies. With authority, sympathy and wit, Bernard Lewis demolishes two competing stereotypes: the Islamophobic picture of the fanatical Muslim warrior, sword in one hand and Qur'ān in the other, and the overly romanticized depiction of Muslim societies as interfaith utopias.
Featuring a new introduction by Mark R. Cohen, this Princeton Classics edition sets the Judaeo-Islamic tradition against a vivid background of Jewish and Islamic history. For those wishing a concise overview of the long period of Jewish-Muslim relations, The Jews of Islam remains an essential starting point.
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The Jews of Islam presents a different and more balanced paradigm of interfaith
relations than the one that I have called “the neolachrymose conception of
Jewish-Arab history.”9 Lewis treats the dhimma as it should be treated, as a
... PRINCETON CLASSICS EDITION by the Sultans for their economic skills and
their international contacts, and because the rulers preferred their
unquestionably loyal services to those of their Greek, Armenian, and Christian
It stands head and shoulders above the many Islamophobic depictions of the
Jewish experience in the Islamic world as well as the spate of overly rosy
accounts in Arabic books and articles appearing both before and since the book's
Mark R. Cohen, “The Neo-Lachrymose Conception of Jewish-Arab History,”
Tikkun (May/June, 1991), 55-60. 10. An additional overview of this subject can be
found in the recently published History of Jewish-Muslim Relations: From the ...
Two stereotypes dominate most of what has been written on tolerance and
intolerance in the Islamic world.1 The first depicts a fanatical warrior, an Arab
horseman riding out of the desert with a sword in one hand and the Qur'an in the